Kochi: Arrival of all flights to Cochin international airport has been suspended as a precautionary measure in the wake of opening of dam shutters due to the heavy downpour in Kerala.
Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) authorities announced the suspension of arrival of domestic and international flights from 1.10 pm on Thursday. However, they clarified that takeoff operations would continue. A meeting would be held later in the day to take stock of the situation and further action would be taken after that.
The airport at Nedumbassery near Aluva has been a flood-prone area. With the opening of the shutters of Idalamayar dam, water gushed through the Periyar. In the wake of the trial run of the opening of the Cheruthoni dam, part of the Idukki dam, for the first time after 25 years at 12.30 pm, there would be greater flow of water by evening.
In 1992 when Cheruthoni dam shutters were opened, water gushed to the airport runway affecting its operations. But this time, the Chengal canal passing near the airport has been cleared and necessary diversions made to ensure easy flow of water without affecting airport operations, authorities said.